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St. Edward High School: A member of a global community of IB world schools

In keeping with our desire to give our young men the very best preparation and every advantage as they head off to college and beyond, St. Edward High School is pleased to be a an International Baccalaureate World School!

The IB Programme is considered the gold standard for academic rigor, international scope and programme sophistication. It is truly world-class in every respect, taught by exceptional teachers who are exceptionally prepared. Students enrolled in the IB Programme are exposed to the most rigorous courses offered to any high school students in the world.

The International Baccalaureate was created almost five decades ago by diplomats and international business leaders who admired the rigor of the French and British systems, who wanted a similarly rigorous curriculum that would move with their children across countries, and would be recognized for its excellence by colleges and universities around the world.

When I worked as the Associate Dean of Admission at Princeton University, we had great respect for the preparation IB students received. IB students were prepared to be successful in a rigorous college academic environment. There are now several states with legislative mandates awarding sophomore standing for IB Diploma graduates at the public universities in those states.

Our current students will inherit a world that has clearly become a global village. The IB curriculum is the perfect vehicle for our students to prepare to compete with other talented students across the globe, to explore a challenging curriculum that engages their creative talents, and to achieve a global perspective and sophistication while learning the habits of critical thought and excellent scholarship for which the IB diploma is well known.

Dr. Gregg Good (now Executive Vice President) an accomplished IB Programme Director for many years in Arizona, came to St. Edward to implement our IB Programme. Sterg Lazos, former chair of the Classical and Modern Languages Department, is our current IB Programme Director. Our website can provide only a glimpse of the depth and breadth of the IB Programme; therefore, please email to schedule an appointment to meet with Mr. Lazos. He’d love to share his passion with you.

St. Edward is proud to offer the world’s most respected academic program. We invite you to take advantage of this incredible opportunity!


James P. Kubacki
President, St. Edward High School



The International Baccalaureate® (IB) aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understandingand respect. To this end, IB works with schools worldwide to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners with international awareness - qualities highly sought after by the most selective colleges and universities in the United States and around the world.

International Baccalaureate encourages a positive attitude toward learning by encouraging students to ask challenging questions, to reflect critically, to develop research skills, to learn how to learn, and to participate in community service.

St. Edward High School is one of only three high schools - and the only Catholic school - in the Cleveland area that will be a certified IB World School beginning in 2012.The St. Edward Class of 2014 is the first that has the opportunity to take advantage of IB.




The IB curriculum represents a perfect complement to a wide range of outstanding academic programs at St. Edward High School. No matter where a student’s interests lie, IB presents a diverse range of academic challenges for the intellectually curious.

Courses in World Literature, Twentieth Century World History and Politics, and a four-year requirement in Spanish, French or Latin will ensure that serious students of the humanities thrive within the IB Diploma Programme. Beyond this, IB offers wonderful courses in Music, Visual Arts and Film, to appeal to students with a love of the arts.

And for students who would like to take advantage of the St. Edward pre-engineering curriculum, the IB Design Technology course will allow those students to expand the potential offered by the world-class facilities in the ultra-modern Lowe Pre-Engineering & Technology Center. IB Design Technology students will not only explore robotics, rapid prototyping and 3-D modeling, but now they will share project development objectives with engineering students at IB schools from around the world.

For more information about the IB core, please view our recent videos where our recent graduates comment on extended essay, CAS, TOK, and co-curriculars.  




--Students are accepted into the IB program before the fall of their 9th grade year, and are identified as pre-IB students during their freshman and sophomore years. IB students officially enter the Diploma Programme during their junior year (click here to view the IB curriculum briefs). The traditional course progression for pre-IB and Diploma Programme students is outlined as follows:

Freshman Year
Religious Education
Honors English I
Foreign Language I or II
Honors Biology
Honors Algebra II
Honors International Studies

Sophomore Year
Religious Education
Honors English II
Foreign Language II or III
Honors Chemistry
Honors Geometry
Honors American History & Government

Junior Year
IB English HL I - or - IB English SL I
IB Spanish, French or Latin SL I - or - Latin HL I
IB History of the Americas HL I
IB Biology SL I, Physics SL I, Chemistry HL I - or - Design Technology SL I or HL I
Math HL I - or - Math SL I - or - Math Studies SL I
IB Music Perspectives SL I - or - IB Film Production HL I
IB Theory of Knowledge (within the Religious Studies Curriculum)

Senior Year
IB English HL II - or - IB English SL II
IB Spanish, French or Latin SL II - or - Latin HL II
IB History of the Americas HL II
IB Biology SL II, Physics SL II, Chemistry HL II - or - Design Technology SL II or HL II
Math HL II - or - Math SL II - or - Math Studies SL II
IB Music Perspectives SL II - or - IB Film Production HL II
IB Theory of Knowledge (within the Religious Studies Curriculum)

CAS (creativity, action and service) and EE (extended essay) are completed outside the school day during 11th and 12th grade.

Students enrolled in the IB Programme meet state requirements for graduation by completing the IB curriculum. During the junior and senior years, students will take six (6) IB exams; three at a Higher Level (HL) and three at a Standard Level (SL). One exam will be taken from each of the six subject areas listed. Exams are graded from 1 point to 7 points (maximum). Students must score a total of 24 points to acquire an IB Diploma. In addition, Diploma candidates must meet three other requirements:
1.) Complete an inter-disciplinary course called Theory of Knowledge

2.) Prepare an Extended Essay reflecting independent research

3.) Complete at least 150 CAS hours (extracurricular activities that can be categorized as Creativity, Action or Service).


Students and parents must interview with the IB Director during the fall of their 8th grade year for admission into the programme in August of their 9th grade year.

A student is eligible for the IB Programme if the following criteria are met:

- Grades of A’s and some B’s with strong recommendations from academic teachers
- Strong commitment to learning
- Willingness to develop skills and discipline necessary in a competitive world




IB courses are not intended to replace AP offerings at St. Ed’s.

Each program offers rigorous classes designed to earn credit and recognition for students seeking highly selective colleges and universities. What differentiates IB from AP is the comprehensive nature of the Diploma Programme. IB students will take advanced courses in every content area, with a global focus to the curriculum.

IB Diploma candidates are also required to complete a significant independent research paper, that they will work on throughout their junior and senior years. And there is a major community service component to the IB Diploma, requiring a minimum150-hour commitment over 18 consecutive months during the 11th and 12th grades.

In short, a successful IB student must meet the challenge of the most rigorous curriculum in the world.The objective of IB at St. Ed’s is to develop young men who will be leaders in an increasingly competitive global society.

AP courses will continue to represent an attractive college-prep course of study for students who desire more flexibility in their class schedules.




IB programmes are recognized around the world and ensure an increased adaptability and mobility for IB students.The curriculum and pedagogy of IB programmes focus on international perspectives of learning and teaching, while insisting that students fully explore their home culture and language.

IB World Schools must undergo an exhaustive authorization process in order to offer one or more of the programmes, which includes a study of the school’s resources and commitment to the IB mission and philosophy.

IB teachers participate in a wide variety of professionaldevelopment opportunities to constantly update their knowledge and share their expertise with colleagues around the world.

The core components of IB programmes encourage students to participate in creative and service-oriented activities, while at the same time emphasizing the importance of reflection on a personal and academic level.



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